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Social inequality and public health

Salvatore J. Babones


Public health in the early 21st century increasingly considers how social inequalities impact on individual health, moving away from the focus on how disease relates to the individual person. This ‘new public health’ identifies how social, economic and political factors affect the level and distribution of individual health, through their effects on individual behaviours, the social groups people belong to, the character of relationships to others and the characteristics of the societies in which people live. The rising social inequalities that can be seen in nearly every country in the world ... More

Keywords: social inequality, public health, social groups, health, health behaviours, social models, psychosocial factors

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847423207
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.001.0001


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Salvatore J. Babones, editor

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One Introduction

Salvatore J. Babones

Pathway 1 Differences in individual health behaviours

Four Reinventing healthy and sustainable communities: reconnecting public health and urban planning

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Pathway 2 Group advantage and disadvantage

Pathway 3 Psychosocial factors in individual health

Pathway 4 Healthy and unhealthy societies

Conclusions Public understanding of the new public health

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